I got this as a birthday present, which was awesome because I dreamed of owning one! Cooks meat to a precise temperature, all you do is place it in a water bath, set meat (with seasonings) into a vacuum seal or ziplock bag, and then you set the temperature! Easy and you can use it with any pot, so long as the water covers the meat. I've cooked burgers, pork belly, steaks, pork chops, etc with it and every time the meat is just mouth watering deliciousness! I totally understand the hype.